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Dexus raises $300 million for its real estate opportunity fund

Real estate fund manager, Dexus, has raised $300 million for its real estate opportunity fund, highlighting the current demand for property.

The Announcement:

Australasian real asset manager, Dexus, announced it has successfully raised more than $300 million for a first close for its second dedicated real estate opportunity fund, putting it on track to raise up to $1 billion in equity.

The Dexus Real Estate Partnership 2 (DREP2) fund is the second in a series of closed-ended funds targeting Australian real estate opportunities. 

The fund seeks to provide institutional and wholesale investors with enhanced returns through exposure to investments in property repositioning, development, special situations and real estate credit opportunities.

Multiple funding rounds for DREP2 are expected to close this year. Once completed, and with gearing, the fund expects to invest as much as $2 billion commencing with the funds from first close.

DREP1 closed in December 2022, with the fund’s investment capacity at circa $1 billion, including gearing.

Up to four DREP1 deals are expected to be exited this calendar year, with fund returns expected to be consistent with the target net equity IRR of 15 per cent

DREP2 is targeting the same IRR.

“This successful fund raising illustrates the continued investment appetite for enhanced returns and investors’ support for the specialist Dexus team to identify and deliver successful transactions in this space,” Dexus Chief Executive Funds Management, Deborah Coakley, said.

“As anticipated, DREP2 has attracted substantial investor interest from domestic and international investors who believe that the current market environment offers the right set of circumstances for opportunity style investing,” DREP Fund Manager, Jason Howes, said. 

The capital raise attracted a mix of new and existing DREP1 investors, two thirds of which are institutional and the remaining third are wholesale investors.

DREP1 adopted a disciplined and rigorous deal assessment process, with only 4 per cent of potential opportunities moving to execution. 

Mr Howes said DREP2 would follow a similar disciplined process.

“Our targets for deploying capital are up to 33 per cent in credit opportunities, with the balance weighted toward equity repositioning and special situations strategies,” he said.

“We expect at least 60 per cent of the portfolio to be in Sydney and Melbourne and will cap gearing at 55 per cent of gross assets.”

Source: Dexus

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